Greetings from Lubbock.
Starting this next week, the new medical students at Texas Tech will be starting their orientation. This has lead me to think about how I felt last year at this time, and the differences between now and then. This should be entitled 'How Much Difference a Year Can Make.'
When I started school last year, I felt like everyone around me was smarter than I was, and that I had no business being in Medical School. The first week went by in a daze. Every night that week I studied 3 hours, making sure I knew the difference between supination and pronation, etc. As it ends up, there was not three hours of material to be studied that first week. Yes, I studied more than I ever did as an undergraduate, but the material wasn't that bad. After my first test block I realized that Texas Tech didn't make a mistake in accepting me.
How will it go this year? It's hard to say. Instead of being afraid of passing, I am afraid of falling out of the top ten. I am now entering Pathology, micro, and pharm. These classes are a little further from what I learned in undergraduate, and a lot closer to the 'meat' of being a physician. I will still probably go to class everyday (something many students don't do). I plan on spending more time with my wife this year. I am going to get out of the national guard (something they don't know yet, but soon will!) Over all, I will be a little more professional as I inch ever closer to being a doctor.
Well, that's all for now. I am helping with orientation for the entering class, and I am sure I will see the same look on some of their faces that was on mine last year. I wonder 'how long until they find out the truth about themselves and medical school?'
P.S. I am sorry about the lack of entries for the summer. Things are heating up now...
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